Professor; Astronomy Department Chair
Research Interests: Galactic structure; interstellar medium; magnetic fields; star formation; infrared and optical astronomy.
Personal Website: http://people.bu.edu/clemens/
Professor Dan Clemens investigates the nature of star formation and the structure of the Milky Way galaxy using ground and space-based observatories at millimeter, infrared, and optical wavelengths. He is also an instrumentalist, having built Mimir, a multi-function near-infrared imager, spectrometer, and polarimeter for the Perkins telescope in Flagstaff, Arizona. With Mimir, he and his students conducted a large-scale survey of the magnetic field of the Milky Way called GPIPS, an acronym for the Galactic Plane Infrared Polarization Survey. He was a member of the team that conducted the Galactic Ring Survey (GRS) using the 14 meter Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory, under the direction of Professor Jackson. Clemens also led the Boston University component of the GLIMPSE Legacy class survey of the Milky Way’s disk, conducted by the Spitzer Space Telescope.